March 24, 2020 Applying for Basic Needs Assistance During COVID-19
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2020) — Although learning looks different at the University of Kentucky now due to the coronavirus response, our core principles remain the same.
At UK, student success continues to be at the center of everything we do, and students’ basic needs are important to success. The rapid but necessary transition to online education to complete the semester — and the move of most students from campus — may result in additional hardship for many students.
If you know a student who is experiencing hardship or are a student who is in need, visit the Community of Concern (CoC) website and file a report using the "Report a Concern" tab.
The CoC serves as a central hub to connect students with resources to meet basic needs regarding food and housing. The CoC office works closely with campus resources to provide early intervention for students who may be struggling personally, or whose behavior has led others to be concerned for their well-being.
Once a report is filed, CoC case managers will virtually connect with students to provide access to information and resources, create action plans for success and monitor student progress.
Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the CoC is operating remotely from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 859-257-3755.
Anyone who would like to help support students at the university during this pandemic, can make a donation to the Basic Needs and Persistence Fund. It provides services for students experiencing varying degrees of uncertainty around basic needs and/or financial distress, which may otherwise prevent them from continuing their education.
In response to many UK alumni inquiring about ways to help students now, UK Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Mike Richey sent an email message to all alumni Friday, March 20, informing them of the Basic Needs and Persistence Fund. As of Monday afternoon, March 23, more than $37,400 had been raised from 176 gifts from donors in more than 24 states, Washington, D.C. and one international location.
For the most up-to-date information regarding UK's plans and preparedness in addressing challenges surrounding COVID-19, please visit www.uky.edu/coronavirus/.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.